Summer Institute on Conflict Transformation Across Borders (The University of Massachusetts-Boston, FLACSO-Ecuador, and the Center for Mediation, Peace, and Resolution of Conflict)

The University of Massachusetts-Boston, FLACSO-Ecuador, and the Center for Mediation, Peace, and Resolution of Conflict (CEMPROC) are pleased to announce:

The fourth annual Summer Institute on Conflict Transformation Across Borders will take place from July 1-21, 2018 in  Quito, Ecuador at FLACSO, with graduate-level credit issued by UMass Boston. The program will focus on conflict and peace in border regions, including immigration and refugee-related conflict.  More info and application instructions are available at  The application deadline is April 23, 2018.

The program will feature a series of high-level guest speakers (past years have included a former Ecuadorian Minister of Foreign Relations, UN resident director, former ambassadors, UNASUR officials, UN peacekeeper involved in the Nicaraguan demobilization process, military officers in the border region, refugee leaders, NGO activists, and more).

This course is designed to equip early-career professionals, graduate and advanced undergraduate students, and other future peacebuilders with practical tools, knowledge, and hands-on experience to understand the complexities of conflicts in refugee communities and across border regions, and the types of interventions that can be used to transform these conflicts.

The program will include classroom learning; trips to the Amazon cloud forest and the northern border region; practical skills training workshops on conflict analysis, negotiation, cross-cultural communication, and proposal writing; and participants will design their own proposal for a peacebuilding project, receiving feedback from a panel of experienced experts in the field.  In this sense, the Summer Institute is not just a learning or training opportunity, but a platform for action that connects a cohort of future peacebuilders and empowers them to address the complex conflicts related to borders, migration and refugees, and transnational environmental challenges that face the world today.  Core faculty leaders are Dr. Yves-Renee Jennings, UMass Boston and Dr. Cecile Mouly, FLACSO Ecuador.

More details and applications are available online at (the deadline to apply is April 23, 2018). Questions can be directed to Cecile Mouly at .


Representative Topics

-Border disputes and bi-national dialogue/peace processes, the cases of Ecuador-Colombia, Haiti-Dominican Republic, and Ecuador-Peru

-Human security vs. national security in border regions

-Transnational dimensions of conflict and peacebuilding

-Skills workshop: Conflict analysis

-Border disputes and binational dialogue/peace processes the cases of Ecuador-Colombia and 


-Forced migration and social conflict in migrant-receiving communities

-Skills workshop: Negotiation and mediation

-The role of Ecuador as a guarantor in the peace process between the Colombian government 

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-Skills workshop: Project development and proposal writing

-Conflict involving transnational environmental challenges

-Indigenous identity, ethnicity and conflict in border regions

-Skills workshop: Methodologies of conflict transformation and alternatives to violence (PAV)

-The role of UNASUR in the mediation of conflict in South America

-Security sector reform; disarmament, demobilization, and reintegration (DDR) and the Colombian armed conflict


Check out the outcomes, student reflections, published articles, and photos from the past years' Summer Institutes at .